Dr. Mukesh Kapila is Professor of Global Health and Humanitarian Affairs at the University of Manchester. He has extensive experience in the policy and practice of international development, humanitarian affairs, and diplomacy, including human rights, disaster and conflict management, and in global public health.
He is also Special Representative of the Aegis Trust for the prevention of crimes against humanity. Previously he was Under Secretary General at the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the world's largest humanitarian and development network.
Dr. Kapila became the Special Adviser to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva and then Special Adviser at the UN Mission in Afghanistan. Subsequently, he led the UN's largest country mission at the time as the United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sudan, and then became a Director at the World Health Organization. He has also been Chief Executive of the PHG Foundation, a senior policy adviser to the World Bank, worked as part of the UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination system, and advised the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction, International Labour Organization, UNAIDS, and many other agencies.
He has initiated several NGOs, and is currently Chair of the Council of Minority Rights Group International. He has served on the Boards of the UN Institute for Training and Research, the International Peace Academy in New York, and many other bodies. Dr. Kapila is a Senior Member of Hughes Hall College at Cambridge University and an associate at the Centre for Global Studies, University of Victoria, Canada.